Handwriting Practice with a Chant

December 17, 2008 at 1:19 am | Posted in abc phonics, Elementary Class | Leave a comment
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page1a I have had good success with getting my elementary students to read with a combination of practicing phonics, and handwriting. At first I wasn’t sure if I should use handwriting with younger elementary age students, but I started and they love it. I don’t spend a lot of time with this each class, but at least a portion of each class is dedicated to practicing the phonics sounds, reading and writing.

New Materials-I have made some handwriting practice sheets, and even My First Handwriting Book a page of which is pictured here. Students can practice writing the letter, then a word that begins with the letter. I also made a free download chant that cooresponds with the vocabulary of this workbook. I recommend reading through the words with your students, then practice the chant while they point to the word in the book. Reading is also part memorization, so this simple exercise will help them memorize their first words! You can find all of these free materials on the Dream English phonics page here, let me know how it goes!

ABC Phonics

March 14, 2008 at 4:37 pm | Posted in abc phonics | Leave a comment
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I use phonics with all of my students, from ages 2 to adult. I don’t know what it is, but something about repeating the phonics sounds is really fun for kids, and seems to calm them down too. I put up a new Free Dream English Phonics Download on my site. All of my students practice with it, and I have seen great results from it.

Click here to go to the Dream English webpage with the free Dream English Phonics Download.

I will write more about how to teach phonics, and games to go along in future posts.

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